DB - Striving for Stability - Zach Eisendrath
"You can break down statistics however much you want to," McDaniels said. "The bottom line is we gave up way too many big runs, obviously."
"There was a common thing from the standpoint of where it happened," Nolan said. "It happened on cutbacks — all but two of them. And it really just has to do with the responsibility to stay home … We have to do a better job of maintaining our responsibility on the cutback. It was really just a case of us over-pursuing on the backside."
DPP - Broncos couldn't stop their own old blocking scheme - Mike Klis
"After missing Sunday's game because of an ankle injury, running back Correll Buckhalter said he will play this weekend against Philadelphia, his former team. Free safety Renaldo Hill, whose presence was missed on those cutback runs against the Raiders, will be a bit more questionable to play because of his ankle injury. "I am hopeful on both," McDaniels said...As it stands, the Broncos have a top 10 pick in the April draft. The Broncos acquired the Bears' 2010 first-round pick through the Orton-Jay Cutler trade."
DPP - Moreno not in running to get job done for Broncos - Woody Paige
Wow. Woody clearly does not like Knowshon Moreno. I wonder what the guy did; I mean, he sure seems like a nice kid. Has he been consistently spectacular? Absolutely not. Are the no-gainers a killer? Yes. But if you're going to cite stats like this, then how about comparing them to the league average, or to another player, at least? I am a stats guy myself; they can explain an awful lot. But when you're going to cite things like no-gainers and carries for loss, you're entering a realm of numbers where nobody knows what's normal, what's good, or what's bad. Yeah, the numbers sound poor - but how about a frame of reference, Woody? That's just irresponsible. Plus, no mention that Knowshon has produced the most yards from scrimmage of any non-QB rookie this year...
AFC West News
NYT - Playoff Possibilities After Week 15 - Toni Monkovic
How about that? Lose to the Raiders, and we end up with a (small) chance to clinch a playoff spot this week...that's what happens when nobody else bothers to step up either...
NFP - The Monday Tavern - Mike Lombardi
"Denver gave up a first-round draft pick this year for the right to draft Alphonso Smith of Wake Forest in the second round. However, Smith is struggling to cover anyone, and the pick looks very disappointing, especially when he can’t cover any of the big wideouts of the Raiders."
NFP - What do we think of Cutler now? - Matt Bowen
"From a football standpoint, or from the view of analyzing the X’s and O’s of his season, he almost seems to be predetermined when he comes out the huddle — throwing the ball in places on the field that we usually see from a rookie — and a bad rookie at that."